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Nov 28, 2012 9:00am EST
like to pretend as though they're the great protectors of social security, medicare, and medicaid. they make solemn pledges all the time about how they won't even entertain a discussion about reform. what they don't say is that ignoring these programs is the surest way to guarantee their collapse. all we're calling for is an honest conversation. we all know these programs are in trouble. let's figure out a solution. when it comes to entitlements, republicans are guided by a simple principle: we don't want americans to age into a system that no longer exists. we do not want americans to age into a system that no longer exists. we want to protect them and to protect people's investment in them. but we can't do it alone. reform is something that can only be done by both parties together. that's the reality. and there's been a scandalous lack of leadership on this issue for years among democrat leaders in washington because they think it's a winner politically. what i'm saying is that the democrats just won the election. congratulations. turn off the campaign and recognize the opportu
Nov 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
count the $500 billion that we did in reforming medicare during health care reform. we've had good words. now we need good deeds and swift action. just think what it would mean to reach an agreement by december 16. americans could see that we would work together. think about the energy that this would unlock to avoid a sequester. think about what a signal this would be to middle-class people on main street and also the people on wall street. because business would have certainty, we would have consumer confidence and we could have a new self-confidence about ourselves that we could govern. mr. president, you and i represent a great state. it has -- mr. president, since i was interrupted so many times i ask unanimous consent to be extend steppedded for two extra minutes. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. mikulski: mr. president, we represent a state that has the innovation economy, from both the federal government and its great federal labs like n.i.h. to its great national security areas like the cyber command at fort mead. yes, they would be devastated, devastate
Nov 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
-class families are not hit with $2200 a year in tax increases. >> -- in his speech that entitlement to medicare and medicaid should not be part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. should entitlements not be on the table? >> at the meeting with the floor leaders, president obama said social security is not part of what we're going to do on this. i agree with him. there are things -- i personally believe there thinks he can do with entitlements that don't are beneficiaries. but i'm not going to negotiate this with you other than to say we hope they can agree to the tax revenue we are talking about and that its rate increases. as the president said on a number of vacation, we are happy to do with entitlements. >> conventional wisdom on a fiscal deal as it has to include revenues and cuts. you've made clear how you feel about revenues. with the first thing on the list to cut? >> remember, we've done more than a billion dollars worth of cuts. we need to get some credit for that in these negotiations that take place. [inaudible] -- any deal includes taking the debt ceiling off the table and also guaran
Nov 21, 2012 9:00am EST
a lot. >> everything from medicare to the voting rights act. last word, ron. >> i think it's going to be a very interesting four years, and i think that we're all going to learn about the architecture of in the man. let me just offer one little philosophical note. aristotle defines justice as the word we use for integrity. in the complex life, a person would learn to integrate the competing parts of the human personality, and only then, he says, will you have the capacity to act justly. and the question for obama is how he will express that or if he will in this new term. >> it's not the integrated life that we do it here, but there's a second term in which we do it here, so thank you all very much. [applause] great, wonderful. good. thank you. thank you. thank you. >> thank you. now i know more about what obama is really like, i think -- >> former counterterrorism coordinator henry crumpton also spoke at the washington ideas forum last week. he focused his remarks on the military's emphasis toward drone warfare as well as concerns over cybersecurity and the afghanistan war. this i
Nov 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
, particularly making sure that no benefits in medicare, social security and medicaid were cut. but it's now time for congress to get back to our regularly-scheduled programming, and that means jobs. while washington has been consumed with averting a default, our nation's unemployment problem has been worsening. it's time for jobs to be moved back to the front burn wither. with this debt reduction package completed, the decks are now cleared for a single-minded focus on jobs in september. by removing the threat of default for the next 18 months and by proving that both parties can come together to get our deficits under control, we have provided certainly to the credit markets. the debt limit agreement largely resolves the budgets for the next two years, so the wrangling over spending should be greatly reduced in coming months. we now have the chance to pivot away from budget battles to jobs. we can reset the debate, and that's what we intend to do. the jobs issue won't have to play second fiddle to the deficit issue anymore, and that's what the american people want. the public is glad to see we'
Nov 27, 2012 9:00am EST
long-term spending programs like medicare, a failure that's among the biggest single drivers of our debt. all this reflects a very clear physical loss if i. for washington democrats, every dollar that's ever been secured for anything is sacred. every dollar that's ever been secured for anything is sacred. and they'll defend it to the death, regardless of what it means for jobs or the economy. but those days are over, because you don't eliminate trillion-dollar deficits by taxing the rich, not even close. it may be an effective talking point, but as a matter of policy, it is a minor deal. and the democrats know t so woos we move into the final stretch, it is time to put the talking points away and get serious about striking a deal. the first step to recovery is to admit you got a problem. and if borrowing 40 cents for every dollar you spend doesn't convince you, frankly, i don't know what will. if democrats can't admit that we've got a spending problem, they immediate t need to talk tr constituents more. they need to get real. and that means changing the way things have been done aro
Nov 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
to meet the needs under our federal requirements for medicare and medicaid. but when are we going to stop expanding programs that aren't truly our responsibility? the cause is great. it's appropriate for a government agency to help in times for the people who actually put their lives on the line for us. but is it a federal responsibility? and the question is, no, it's not. it's a state responsibility. and so as we assume more and more responsibilities for the states with budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion, what we're going to do is find ourselves at a point where we're going to have to make cuts in programs that are our responsibility. so all i would ask to you do is think about whether or not this is truly a responsibility of the federal government and whether or not we ought to be expanding the program -- well-intentioned, does great work. don't discount that. well-deserved. don't discount that. but is it the responsibility of the federal government? i would actually state to the chairman -- and i'd be happy to have a voice vote on this and not force a vote, because i know the out
Nov 21, 2012 12:00pm EST
january 1st and the quit jumping medicare because they get 30% less i believe the member is the payroll taxes go up which weeks all the people of that have never heard of the sequester. i am having a very difficult time visualizing with what february looks like when the press gets a hold of this and then all of a sudden we also have the debt limit. i just can't see what we are going to do. >> the debt limit is an additional tool to explain to obama that he isn't the king and like henry viii you have to go to the parliament for money. he might want to nationalize monastery's but i don't think he can get as much these days as back then with that approach so he has to go to the parliament, has to go to congress for the resources for the debt ceiling, for all of these things. and look it will dawn on them that this is not to the king or the duke. he is one of the guys in the constitutional government has very limited power. once you get on the phone with other people that have been present in the second terms and ask clinton what he got accomplished in the second term that didn't include as
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